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ODN - PD&E Webinar November 2014

Simply Effective: How to Help Managers Cut Through

Complexity and Get Things Done

 Presented by: Ron Ashkenas

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Duration: 90 Minutes

One of the most significant challenges facing managers today is how to deal with increasing complexity, a phenomenon which causes people to work harder and harder and never feel like they have gotten anything done.   Some of this complexity is inevitable in a global, technologically-enabled, matrixed world.  Yet much of the complexity is self-generated -- caused by the way managers structure and manage their work. 

The purpose of this webinar is to give you a way of helping managers diagnose and deal with self-generated complexity -- and gradually give them the skills to create simpler, more nimble, more effective, and more satisfying organizations. Based on his book "Simply Effective", Ron Ashkenas will describe four ways that managers create complexity; how to diagnose the opportunities for improvement in each of these areas; and how to launch a rapid-cycle process for capturing them.  While this interactive, engaging webinar will include a number of Ron's case examples, time will also be provided for participants to apply the principles to their own clients and cases.   


Ron Ashkenas is a Senior Partner of Schaffer Consulting and an internationally recognized consultant, executive coach, and speaker on organizational transformation, post-merger integration, and simplification. 

Ron’s clients have included many of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as prominent financial, governmental, and non-profit organizations such as Cisco Systems, Bausch + Lomb, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Merck, Pfizer, The World Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Zurich Financial Services, Lloyds TSB, Thomson Reuters, and ConAgra Foods. Ron was part of the original team that collaborated with then-CEO Jack Welch to develop GE’s Work-Out approach for creating a faster, simpler, and more nimble organization. He also helped to develop GE Capital’s approach to acquisition integration. 

Ron is the author of Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done (Harvard Business Press, 2010), as well as the co-author of Rapid Results! (with Robert Schaffer, Jossey-Bass, 2005), The GE Work-Out (with Dave Ulrich and Steve Kerr, McGraw-Hill, 2002), The Boundaryless Organization (with Dave Ulrich, Steve Kerr, and Todd Jick, Jossey-Bass, 1995 and 2002), and The Boundaryless Organization Field Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1999). In addition to his books, Ron’s publications include dozens of articles. Seven have been published in the Harvard Business Review, including “The Merger Dividend”, “Making the Deal Real: How GE Capital Integrates Acquisitions” and “Why Good Projects Fail Anyway”. Ron is also a regular blogger for Harvard Business Review and Forbes. 

Ron received his BA from Wesleyan University, his Ed.M. from Harvard University, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, where he has also held several teaching assignments. He has conducted executive education programs at Case Western Reserve, the Kellogg School of Northwestern, Stanford University School of Business, and the University of Michigan – and has lectured in Israel, South Korea, Canada, Germany, the U.K., and many other countries around the world.   From 2012-2013 he held an appointment as an “Executive in Residence” at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.  


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